An Embarassing Awakening


What are you like at sleeping on planes? A lot of the travelling I did on the way to and from Bangladesh and India last month was in the middle of the night, so I kept dozing off and waking up. I couldn’t get any decent sleep but I had a series of naps, only waking up to try to move my aching neck.

Seems the co-pilot on a low cost Dutch airline is better at sleeping on aircraft than I am. He was on a flight to Crete in Greece in September last year when the pilot left the cockpit to go to the toilet.

When the pilot returned he couldn’t get back into the cockpit because the co-pilot had nodded off. I’m not sure that it’d be particularly comforting for passengers to see their pilot locked out of the cockpit. Thankfully he managed to get back in where he found the co-pilot asleep.

Where’s the most embarrassing place you’ve fallen asleep?

I’ve felt pretty sleepy at times but managed to avoid falling asleep at the wrong time. Mind you, that can be a real battle.

Have you fallen asleep on public transport and missed your stop? Have you nodded off at work or in a meeting? Did you manage to hide it or did you get sprung?

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist and blogger from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • I worked early shift in a food-factory back then, being sick with a cold. A holiday-job my Mum forced me to do to pay for my holiday that ended 2 days before the job… My then-boy-friend took me to the next larger city (half an hour drive one way) to the cinema… “Red October”… I fell asleep.
    The movie was boring, I was sick and tired and he never told me if I´d snored…
    At least I was tough enough to keep the job, right? Next early-shift (5 am – or was it 4 am? It´s over 22 years ago!) I was there…